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The Porsche 911 GT3 is a rather rare car, especially in India. Launched in India in October last year, the second 911 GT3 from the 991.2 generation has arrived in Bangalore. However, what makes this car especially special and rare is the fact that it is the first 911 GT3 (991.2) with a manual gearbox to come to India. However, the first 911 GT3 (991.2 gen) with the manual gearbox in India will call the city of Mangalore in Karnataka home.
Porsche offers the new 911 GT3 with both a manual and a dual-clutch automatic PDK gearbox. However, the manual variant is the one preferred by Porsche purists despite being half a second slower to 100kph, which is what makes the arrival of India's first 911 GT3 with a manual gearbox all the more special.
Powering the brand new 911 GT3 seen in Bangalore like every 991.2 gen car to bear the GT3 badge is a motorsport-derived 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine that revs all the way to 9,000rpm.
The rear-mounted screaming flat-six engine produces 493bhp @ 8,250rpm and 460Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.
The Porsche 911 GT3 seen in Bangalore with the manual gearbox can sprint from 0-100kph in just 3.9 seconds and will continue accelerating hitting 160kph in just 7.6 seconds.
India's first Porsche 911 GT3 with the manual gearbox has an advantage over its PDK sibling as it tops out at 320kph, which is 2kph more than what the automatic car can do.
The 911 GT3's impressive stats don't end as the sports car can accelerate in gear from 80-120kph in a mind-bending 2 seconds.
The Porsche 911 GT3 is 4,562mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,271mm tall. The wheelbase of the 911 GT3 is 2,457mm long and the sports car has a Drag coefficient of 0.33cW. The manual gearbox version of the GT3 is also 15 kilos lighter than its PDK sibling at 1,415 kilogrammes.
The GT3 features a McPherson front axle with anti-roll bar while at the rear, the Porsche gets a multi-link setup. The Porsche 911 GT3 also gets adjustable dampers and rear-wheel steering and combined with the motorsport developed chassis helps improve agility and driving dynamics of the car.
The Porsche 911 GT3 is the more track-focused version of Porsche's iconic car and the car seen in Bangalore features a silver paintjob, centre locking wheels the massive carbon-fibre rear wing at the back with 4.0 badges embossed into the stalks holding it up.
The massive 20-inch wheels are shod with 245/35 ZR 20 (front) and 305/30 ZR 20 (rear) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The massive wheels on India's first manual gearbox 911 GT3 also host 380mm steel brakes (rather than the optional carbon ceramic) which are drilled and ventilated.
Inside, the owner of the first 911 GT3 with a manual gearbox in India has opted to retain a few creature comforts in the form of the infotainment system and the air-conditioning.
However, the sports seats, which like most of the interior are done up in Alcantara, are manually adjustable, showing Porsche's determination to get the car as light as possible.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On India's First 911 GT3 (991.2) with a Manual Gearbox
India's first-ever 911 GT3 (991.2) with a manual gearbox shows India and Bangalore increasing obsession with supercars.
With just nine GT3s expected to make it into India, this could be one of the rarest supercars in the country. However, the fact that the Porsche 911 GT3 seen here has a manual gearbox will have the Porsche faithful applauding and car spotters drooling every time it goes past.